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Editor In Chief JIE PAMBID Managing Editor JUDITH OCHENGCO Art Director/Graphic Designer MARTIN DIMALANTA Style Editor MARICAR DELA RAMA Floral Stylist SARAH SALVADOR Photographers WILLIAM ONG GREG MAYO Illustrator Errol Orellana

THE PHILIPPINE STAR MEDIA GROUP Chairman of the Board Atty. Ray Espinosa

President and CEO miguel belmonte

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Senior Account Managers Bryan Escueta, Edna Abong, Jimson Villano Account Managers RONA MAGDALAGA, HERSHEY BARDON Advertising Assistants Annalyn Delgado, JONATHAN FILIO, vicky esanan, rubirose reyes All images and articles in this magazine are the exclusive property of Modern Living Home and should not be reproduced for commercial means without the consent of The Philippine Star. For advertising inquiries, please contact tel no. 536-6525 or 527-7901 loc. 185. Look for Vicky Esanan or Rosie Reyes. For subscription inquiries, please contact tel. no. 527-5817 or 527-7901 loc. 146. Look for Connie Pintolo.

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Modern Living Home, the lifestyle extension of the Philippine Star, is excited to give out another issue. This one is extra special because aside from the usual sections that I am sure you guys are starting to love and look forward to, this issue is close to my heart. Within these pages, for the first time, I am sharing with you dear readers, my own home. I think it’s about time that I let you inside the halls and rooms of the place I call my refuge and sanctuary. One’s home is always a reflection of one’s personality and as you browse through the pages in this feature, I hope you get a glimpse of who I am really when I’m not at work. Aside from this, we are also featuring two more homes with very distinct personalities of their own. We are also introducing new and exciting trends in our Product Picks section that are current and modern to inspire the homemaker and the shopper in you. Check out how our Tablescapes turned out as an elegant setting amidst rustic trappings unfold and learn the step by step process on how to turn your own table settings into spectacular works of art. We here at MLH are also admonishing that if you have design problems or design queries that need answers, just write to us at Space Solutions and we will be sure to address them in every issue. Also, we’re introducing a new section this issue – Kitchen Corner – for those of you who really love working in the kitchen, this section will surely be of great interest. From the company that gives you the current and the trendy in news and lifestyle, Philippine Star, we here at MLH aspire to give you your guide to living a modern lifestyle. Have a good read!

Jie Pambid Editor In Chief

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CREATIVE CEILING

Dear Jie,

I recently moved in to a studio condo unit and I need your advise on what to do with the ceiling. The unit was bare when it was turned over and right now, the ceiling is “exposed” with all the beams and the pipes. Some of the beams are concrete and the pipes are red. There’s even a duct that’s I think in aluminum finish. I am not partial to an exposed look and I also do not prefer the industrial style. My tastes are quite mainstream. I just don’t want the ceiling to be an eyesore. Help! JULIE FROM SUCAT

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Hi Julie! First up, you have to measure the height of the ceiling below the lowest beam. Ideally, you should have at least eight feet of free space from the floor to the lowest part of the beam. If this is achieved, then we can now put in a dropped ceiling to cover the beams, the pipes and the ducting. That being the case though, we can go a step further by not only dropping the ceiling but by creating a dropped-recessed-cove combination. What you can do is to create a border adjacent to the walls. Measure at least a foot and this will be the dropped portion of your ceiling and you can drop it at least 6 – 8 inches. This will also be a very ideal location to put in your pinlights. Then, for the remaining space, what you can do is to recess or raise the ceiling to as high as the ducting and pipes can allow you. This way, you have created two different levels in your ceiling, which will create an interesting design element in your studio. Then, the recessed portion could be painted white while the dropped portion can be painted the same color as your wall. The portion between the dropped and the recessed portion will form a cove which can also be lit with strip lighting. Hope this helps!

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BRIGHT IDEAS FOR THE BED

Dear Jie,

My room is a corner bedroom but unfortunately, it only has one wall of windows. I have been given permission by my parents to bore a hole on the other wall and add in more windows because I want a bright an airy feel to my personal space. My question is how will that affect the furniture layout of the room. My bed now is adjacent to the wall that will be torn down. Any suggestions on where I can put the bed instead? Thanks.

A: LARA FROM MARIKINA

Hi Lara! The new layout for your bedroom can be pretty simple. If what you want is to really maximize the natural light coming in to your bedroom then I would suggest that you keep the windows free from obstruction. Meaning, there shouldn’t be any bulky furniture pieces placed where the windows are to maximize the influx of light. So, I would recommend that the bed be placed where the solid wall is, the wall without the door. This way, your bed faces one of the two windows and it should be a nice view to wake up to every morning. Also, if I were to suggest one other thing, make the windows really big to capture most of the light. Just leave one foot space from the ceiling and one foot space from the floor so that you’ll create the semblance of a picture window. Enjoy!

For your space and design problems email us at MLHome@philstarmedia.com.

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A MODERN INDUSTRIAL WELCOME

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IN THE MOOD FOR FUN

How do you mix playfulness and expensive taste? Go crazy with the forms but be selective with the finishes! MLH picks this spot for the diagonal shelving and the limitless possibilities it can offer. Complementary colors of blue and orange are given variations, while frisky prints and silhouettes are spread around to achieve that youthful atmosphere. In between are refined pieces of glass, metals and ceramics to lend a graceful offset to the area. Don’t forget a plush area rug for added style and comfort! For information on the items, see resource on page 64.

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BONJOUR! MLH brings in some Parisian vibes with this living room vignette! Liven up a straightforward sofa with accents of this year’s color Greenery, and add foliage and feminine patterns to create that nofail posh look. We are loving the classic feel of the wing chair, plus the contrast it gives off with the contemporary coffee table and floor lamp. Select adornments like mosaic jars and dainty candle holders make the space homier, while the shag rug and wall-mounted frames envelope all the pieces into one complete ensemble.

For information on the items, see resource on page 64.

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A CULTURAL COLLAGE CREATING THE RIGHT MIX OF CULTURAL INFLUENCES IN A TROPICAL CONTEMPORARY HOME Words JIE PAMBID Photos WILLIAM ONG Design JIE PAMBID OF JPLAKE AND ASSOCIATES

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t is always a challenge when a designer designs a home. Client preferences should mix well with design sensibilities and the resulting effect should be a marriage between what the designer perceives is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and what the client prefers. It is doubly challenging when the designer and the client are one and the same person. This is exactly what happened when I was tasked to design my own house. I have certain preferences that I know are unique but at the same time I was still challenged by incorporating all my little quirks into something that can still be perceived generally as beautiful. For one, violet is my favorite color and I had to find a way for me to be able to merge that with another favorite – Southeast Asian design. The result is what you are about to see and hopefully appreciate. So here goes… The Foyer   As one enters, the foyer serves the purpose of orienting the first time visitor to the rest of the areas in the house as it directs guests to the living area and the bar, the stairs to the second floor, the powder room and the dining area and the kitchen. The foyer also serves as a teaser to the design and theme of the home as from it, one can already see the predominantly violet palette just subtly changing from the deep grape, medium lavender and light lilac. A large birdcage becomes the centerpiece, as it stands tall in the center of the room, redirecting traffic. Inside, a collection of scented candles can be seen as it gives a whiff of a very faint scent of jasmine. To the right, a console table in light purple hold a pair of lamps with printed fabric shades in violet and brown, two pairs of ceramic candleholders in lilac and a bowl for holding keys. Flanking the main entrance door, two tub chairs in woven rattan with violet and brown printed cushions and an accent throw pillow in aubergine serves to seat guests while waiting.

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Cozy Country A CONTEMPORARY TAKE ON A LAID-BACK STYLE COUPLED WITH FILIPINO ARTISTRY Words JUDITH OCHENGCO Photos WILLIAM ONG Design CECILIA MARGARITA LORENZO

Complementary colors of subdued blue and orange are jazzed up by the textures and patterns of their adjacent pieces.

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PUNCH LIST TIPS Words JUDITH OCHENGCO

Turnover—finally, the day you’ve been waiting for. Your real estate investment is now as tangible as it can be. While developers have different processes for handing over a condominium unit to its owner, all would involve what is commonly referred to as “punch listing”. This is the process of inspecting the condition of the unit, and crosschecking it against what is stipulated in your contract. As a consumer, it is prudent to be involved and to be thorough during this crucial step so that you may get your money’s worth, and you may save yourself the hassle of doing costly repairs in the future. If you have a contractor and/or a designer, it would be wise to bring them along with you so that they can lend their expertise. Here we lay down the basic list of what you must inspect on your punch listing day.

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Punch list

Pen and marker

Copy of your unit’s plans

Camera to visually document your findings

Measuring tape

Painter’s tape to mark the items you want to have changed or fixed

YOUR LIST: You can organize your punch list by area or by the categories of the things you need to check. We suggest making at least three columns beside the list for you to easily track your findings: Acceptable, Not Acceptable, Comments. You can add more columns for other details you may want to include. The more detailed your punch list is, the better.

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Locate the panelboard and test the circuit breakers.

Check the switches and outlets if they are working.

Locate the main water valve and check the water supply of all faucets, shower heads and water closets.

Is the quality of these fixtures acceptable?

Do the water closets flush properly?

Does water go down the drain of lavatories? How about through floor drains?

Check if the air vent works properly.

heck for smoke detectors, sprinklers and fire extinguisher.

DOORS AND WINDOWS •

Do the doors and windows open and close easily?

Are their alignment and seal acceptable?

Check if the door knobs or levers, door locks, and window locks are working properly.

If your main door has peephole, is it on an appropriate and accessible level? Is it clear and without cracks?

Are the windows clean and without cracks?

Is the quality of the doors’ and windows’ finishes acceptable?

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Are the built-ins (closets, kitchen cabinets, etc.) promised to you in the contract complete and operable?

Do the cabinet doors and drawers open and close easily?

Is the quality of these built-ins’ finishes (e.g., paintwork, laminate) acceptable?

For bathroom mirrors, are they clean and free from cracks?

HARDWARE AND FIXTURES •

Check for the completeness of the hinges and screws on your doors.

Check for the completeness of cabinet handles.

If there are towel racks, tissue holder and other bathroom fixtures included, check their quality

Inspect for any sign of rusting or deterioration.

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For tiled floor, check the evenness and make sure there is no loose tile; check the cleanliness of the grout.

For wood planks for your flooring, check for evenness and make sure there is no loose plank.

For painted walls and ceiling, watch out for air bubbles, uneven paint, smudges and unwanted marks on the surface.

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It is also advisable to check clearances in your doorways and hallways against the floor plan.

FINAL TIPS: While going through your unit, take photos of anything you want to have improved so that the next time you visit, you have a point of comparison with the new workmanship. You can also use a painter’s tape to mark these things so that the contractor or developer can easily spot what needs to be rectified. Finally, coordinate with your handover associate on the timeline of the rectifications so you can move around your schedule and plans for the unit. Remember, your condo unit is your investment, and being a well-informed and pro-active buyer is one way to ensure that you get your good end of the deal. Good luck!

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anking on Greenhills’ central location for raising families and growing businesses, Taipan Properties saw great opportunities to be tapped in this prime real estate location as it launches its pioneer project, Verano. A mixed-use residential condominium and service residences development, Verano is projected to become an iconic landmark in the Greenhills, San Juan area. A 50-storey development, the property aims to make home life more comfortable for its clients. As its Spanish name means “summer” in English, Verano represents warmth and is eager to welcome residents and guests once its completed and fully operational. From investment-savvy millennials to early nesters and those in the mid high and high end markets, Verano offers many advantages for its residents and guests. The mixed-use property will offer a ninefloor service hotel, accessibility through transport hubs, proximity to shopping

centers like Greenhills Shopping Center, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Galleria as well as educational institutions like Xavier School, Immaculate Conception Academy, OB Montessori, Poveda and La Salle Greenhills. The property is also close to offices for government agencies like POEA and SEC. Complementing these is the building’s bi-level amenity area which include a fitness center, pool, jacuzzi, study room, mini private theater, music room, kids play pod, game room, function hall, and sky deck. For the property’s overall aesthetics, Verano Greenhills tapped the services of Asya Design, the country’s premier architectural firm and Hirsch Bedner Associates, the world’s leading hospitality design firm to help bring its vision for a modern and sophisticated residential community come to life. Expect an exciting new addition to the Greenhills community upon the completion of this highly sought after project by Taipan Properties. For details email Taipan Properties at info@verano.com.ph

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anking on Greenhills’ central location for raising families and growing businesses, Taipan Properties saw great opportunities to be tapped in this prime real estate location as it launches its pioneer project, Verano. A mixed-use residential condominium and service residences development, Verano is projected to become an iconic landmark in the Greenhills, San Juan area. A 50-storey development, the property aims to make home life more comfortable for its clients. As its Spanish name means “summer” in English, Verano represents warmth and is eager to welcome residents and guests once its completed and fully operational. From investment-savvy millennials to early nesters and those in the mid high and high end markets, Verano offers many advantages for its residents and guests. The mixed-use property will offer a ninefloor service hotel, accessibility through transport hubs, proximity to shopping

centers like Greenhills Shopping Center, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Galleria as well as educational institutions like Xavier School, Immaculate Conception Academy, OB Montessori, Poveda and La Salle Greenhills. The property is also close to offices for government agencies like POEA and SEC. Complementing these is the building’s bi-level amenity area which include a fitness center, pool, jacuzzi, study room, mini private theater, music room, kids play pod, game room, function hall, and sky deck. For the property’s overall aesthetics, Verano Greenhills tapped the services of Asya Design, the country’s premier architectural firm and Hirsch Bedner Associates, the world’s leading hospitality design firm to help bring its vision for a modern and sophisticated residential community come to life. Expect an exciting new addition to the Greenhills community upon the completion of this highly sought after project by Taipan Properties. For details email Taipan Properties at info@verano.com.ph

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Celebrating two decades of quality living and genuine service to the Filipino Verona (Laguna) Inspired by its namesake, the Italian city of Verona, this lovely community channels beauty and romance in its aesthetic. Residents enjoy soothing views from a variety of house models all exquisitely designed and embraced by lush nature spaces. Its prime location of being along the Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa National Road brings it close to both leisure destination and business parks. Amenities include: Italian-themed nature park, Italian bridgeways, Clock tower Clubhouse, Swimming Pool, Basketball Court, Hiking Trail, and Shop houses.

Sentosa (Laguna) Inside the exceptional world of Sentosa in Calamba, Laguna, its easy to form bonds that last a lifetime as there’s plenty of room to mingle and plenty of good times to go around. When you make friends for keeps, the fun follows. Whether you’re looking to step into adventure or get close to nature, Sentosa’s exciting leisure amenities give you days of endless pleasure. Amenities include: Swimming Pool, Multi-purpose Hall/ View Deck, Clubhouse, Basketball Court, Picnic Grove/ Orchard, Parks, and Playground.

Solana (Manila City) A modern-contemporary inspired community with matchless accessibility to Metro Manila’s key destinations. Solana is a two-tower condominium along Natividad Lopez St., Ermita, Manila that promises to pamper homeowners with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. Amenities: Open Lounge, Jacuzzi, Swimming Pool, Kiddie Pool, Landscaped Garden, BBQ Area, Outdoor Lounge, Pool Deck, Pool Lounge, Children’s Playground, Jogging Path, Shower and Changing Area, Fitness Gym, Function Hall, Daycare, Sky Garden, and a Reception Lobby.

Adriatico Gardens (Manila City) Adriatico Gardens (Manila) - A three-tower building located at the heart of Manila that was launched on May of 2008. This project features all the amenities and comforts of urban living in a high-class condominium – adult and kiddie-sized pools and a work-out gym plus commercial establishments & shopping areas within the buildings’ premises. It is strategically located in close proximity to the city’s finest hotels and restaurants; near most hospitals, schools, shopping malls, sports complexes, historical landmarks and business centers. SAGA is a joint venture between Suntrust Properties, Inc. and the Manila local government.

Treetop Villas (Mandaluyong City) The refreshing treetop views are easily the most defining trait of the Treetop Villas along Coronado St. in Mandaluyong City. Just minutes away from the bustling Makati City, this low-density condominium has fifty percent of its land devoted to parks, open spaces and resort-styleamenities. Amenities include: Clubhouse, Multi-purpose hall, Adult Swimming Pool and Kiddie Pool, Cabanas, Pool Lounge, Paved Sunbathing Area/Pool Deck, Shower Areas, Playground, and Trellised Sitting Areas/Courtyard.

Parkview (Manila) Parkview (Manila - A high-rise development officially launched on June 2009 at the BSP grounds in Manila and is a joint venture between Suntrust and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. It is composed of 6 clusters namely, Dahlia, Acacia, Narra, Molave, Lily and Eugenia. Parkview is a short commute or a walk away from the city’s key business establishments, academic institutions, commercial districts and cultural attractions – giving the community’s residents command of Manila’s best destinations.

Amadea (Quezon City) Amadea’s strategic location along Quezon Ave. in Quezon City provides homeowners with matchless accessibility to the metro’s business districts, leisure hubs, prestigious schools and institutions. At the same time, they are far removed from the bustling city with the opportunity to discover fresh ways to unwind in the community’s resort-like amenities area. Amenities include: Open Lounge, Open Lawn, Gazebo/Multipurpose Hall, Swimming Pool, Kiddie Pool, Pool Deck, Zen Garden, Shower Totem and Changing Rooms, Children’s Playground, Fitness Gym, Function Hall, and Sky Garden.

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Asmara (Quezon City) Rising above E. Rodriguez Ave. is Asmara, a three-tower condominium community with a low-density design and all the conveniences of city living. The project’s accessibility to centers of health, education and leisure make it a community easy to fall in love with. Amenities include: 20-meter lap pool, Pool Lounge, Kiddie Pool, Paved Sunbathing/ Pool Deck, Kids’ Play Area, Zen Garden, Outdoor Lounge, Gazebo, Multi-purpose Area, Daycare, Changing/Shower Rooms, Outdoor Shower, Function Rooms, and Jogging Path.

Capitol Plaza (Quezon City) Set in Diliman, the heart of southern Quezon City, Capitol Plaza is surrounded by the vibrancy and vitality of the country’s former capital, redefining how residents work and play every single day. Rising 33-storeys, the tower is designed in the 1920s Palazzo style which has two recreational decks at the ninth and tenth levels an a viewing deck at the 31st floor. Amenities include: Swimming pool, Children’s pool, Jacuzzi, Paved sunbathing lounge, Pool deck with sitting area, Function Rooms, Gymnasium, Aerobics room, Massage room, Sauna, Changing and shower rooms with toilets and Viewing Deck.

Shanata (Quezon City) The tranquility of nature. The thrill of the city. The two sides of privileged living meet seamlessly at Shanata, in Novaliches, Quezon City. Designed to foster peace of mind and pleasure, it’s an address that offers residents the chance to start life anew by keeping their priorities in check. Amenities include: Lap Pool, Kiddie pool, Paved sunbathing/pool deck, Kid’s play area, Gazebo area, Clubhouse (Lounge area, Daycare, Convenience store, Admin office, Water station, Laundromat, Gym, Changing/shower rooms, M/F toilets, Function rooms) and Gate and Guardhouse.

Suntrust President Harrison Paltongan sits down with Modern Living TV host Bianca Gonzalez as he shares his vision for Suntrust Properties, Inc. in the years to come.

“When we took over the reigns, we made a conscious effort to reenergize and restart the company to further inspire our people while also restoring our credibility to our buyers and business partners.”

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f the myriad of prominent Philippine developers redefining the country’s urban landscape, Suntrust Properties Inc. is among the few that uphold its promise to build affordable homes for Filipinos in master-planned and self-contained communities; even now as they usher in their 20th year in the industry. In the midst of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Suntrust which was formerly known as Empire East Properties Inc., was born from its parent company Megaworld Corporation to provide affordable living solutions to the low-cost real estate market. While Suntrust eventually developed a reputation for being the yardstick in affordable township development, Suntrust President Atty. Harrison Paltongan said they had to overcome numerous obstacles in their 20-year journey, particularly when they first started out. “[The financial crisis] proved to be challenging for the company but we persevered by streamlining our spending and proceeding with the sales of the properties on hand at the time,” recalled Atty. Paltongan, who has been onboard since

Suntrust’s inception. A decade later, Paltongan assumed his position as president in 2007 and he, along with several newly appointed leaders, deemed it the perfect opportunity to steer the company into a new direction with a brighter vision. “When we took over the reigns, we made a conscious effort to reenergize and restart the company to further inspire our people while also restoring our credibility to the buyers and our business partners,” Paltongan said. It was during this year that the company was renamed from Empire East Properties, Inc. to Suntrust Properties, Inc. Most of their products also underwent a change in design, size and building technology. The transformation truly sparked the momentum of Suntrust Properties, which has allowed it to flourish into the real estate success it is today. From just over 100 employees in 1997, it is now home to a strong and dynamic workforce of more than 300 organic members and almost a thousand Sales Suntrustees who continue to operate daily within the company. However, with multiple townships and

horizontal developments under its belt, it wasn’t until 2008 when Suntrust decided to really include condominium communities into its roster of project offerings. “While we initially started with affordable housing communities in Calabarzon, we naturally progressed towards developing condominiums due to the exceedingly high demand from clients based in Metro Manila,” said Paltongan. “As the demand grew, Suntrust responded with developments across the country from areas such as Baguio, Davao, Bacolod, Tagum and soon in Bicol. Among the company’s most iconic developments is Suntrust Ecotown Tanza, their first enterprise into an industrial community featuring an ecologically friendly industrial park which houses multiple international locators that provide job opportunities for the community. “Many developers claim the success of a (housing) project always lies within its location. The problem, however, is that most of the best locations have already been developed,” added Paltongan. “What we do is to nurture a location with potential and further develop it into a township and a self-sustaining community. Similar to parent company Megaworld Corporation, Suntrust also imbibes the LiveWork-Play-Learn lifestyle in several of their townships, where commercial, educational, recreational and industrial facilities are readily available, making the community self-sustaining

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Celebrating two decades of quality living and genuine service to the Filipino Verona (Laguna) Inspired by its namesake, the Italian city of Verona, this lovely community channels beauty and romance in its aesthetic. Residents enjoy soothing views from a variety of house models all exquisitely designed and embraced by lush nature spaces. Its prime location of being along the Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa National Road brings it close to both leisure destination and business parks. Amenities include: Italian-themed nature park, Italian bridgeways, Clock tower Clubhouse, Swimming Pool, Basketball Court, Hiking Trail, and Shop houses.

Sentosa (Laguna) Inside the exceptional world of Sentosa in Calamba, Laguna, its easy to form bonds that last a lifetime as there’s plenty of room to mingle and plenty of good times to go around. When you make friends for keeps, the fun follows. Whether you’re looking to step into adventure or get close to nature, Sentosa’s exciting leisure amenities give you days of endless pleasure. Amenities include: Swimming Pool, Multi-purpose Hall/ View Deck, Clubhouse, Basketball Court, Picnic Grove/ Orchard, Parks, and Playground.

Solana (Manila City) A modern-contemporary inspired community with matchless accessibility to Metro Manila’s key destinations. Solana is a two-tower condominium along Natividad Lopez St., Ermita, Manila that promises to pamper homeowners with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. Amenities: Open Lounge, Jacuzzi, Swimming Pool, Kiddie Pool, Landscaped Garden, BBQ Area, Outdoor Lounge, Pool Deck, Pool Lounge, Children’s Playground, Jogging Path, Shower and Changing Area, Fitness Gym, Function Hall, Daycare, Sky Garden, and a Reception Lobby.

Adriatico Gardens (Manila City) Adriatico Gardens (Manila) - A three-tower building located at the heart of Manila that was launched on May of 2008. This project features all the amenities and comforts of urban living in a high-class condominium – adult and kiddie-sized pools and a work-out gym plus commercial establishments & shopping areas within the buildings’ premises. It is strategically located in close proximity to the city’s finest hotels and restaurants; near most hospitals, schools, shopping malls, sports complexes, historical landmarks and business centers. SAGA is a joint venture between Suntrust Properties, Inc. and the Manila local government.

Treetop Villas (Mandaluyong City) The refreshing treetop views are easily the most defining trait of the Treetop Villas along Coronado St. in Mandaluyong City. Just minutes away from the bustling Makati City, this low-density condominium has fifty percent of its land devoted to parks, open spaces and resort-styleamenities. Amenities include: Clubhouse, Multi-purpose hall, Adult Swimming Pool and Kiddie Pool, Cabanas, Pool Lounge, Paved Sunbathing Area/Pool Deck, Shower Areas, Playground, and Trellised Sitting Areas/Courtyard.

Parkview (Manila) Parkview (Manila - A high-rise development officially launched on June 2009 at the BSP grounds in Manila and is a joint venture between Suntrust and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. It is composed of 6 clusters namely, Dahlia, Acacia, Narra, Molave, Lily and Eugenia. Parkview is a short commute or a walk away from the city’s key business establishments, academic institutions, commercial districts and cultural attractions – giving the community’s residents command of Manila’s best destinations.

Amadea (Quezon City) Amadea’s strategic location along Quezon Ave. in Quezon City provides homeowners with matchless accessibility to the metro’s business districts, leisure hubs, prestigious schools and institutions. At the same time, they are far removed from the bustling city with the opportunity to discover fresh ways to unwind in the community’s resort-like amenities area. Amenities include: Open Lounge, Open Lawn, Gazebo/Multipurpose Hall, Swimming Pool, Kiddie Pool, Pool Deck, Zen Garden, Shower Totem and Changing Rooms, Children’s Playground, Fitness Gym, Function Hall, and Sky Garden.

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Asmara (Quezon City) Rising above E. Rodriguez Ave. is Asmara, a three-tower condominium community with a low-density design and all the conveniences of city living. The project’s accessibility to centers of health, education and leisure make it a community easy to fall in love with. Amenities include: 20-meter lap pool, Pool Lounge, Kiddie Pool, Paved Sunbathing/ Pool Deck, Kids’ Play Area, Zen Garden, Outdoor Lounge, Gazebo, Multi-purpose Area, Daycare, Changing/Shower Rooms, Outdoor Shower, Function Rooms, and Jogging Path.

Capitol Plaza (Quezon City) Set in Diliman, the heart of southern Quezon City, Capitol Plaza is surrounded by the vibrancy and vitality of the country’s former capital, redefining how residents work and play every single day. Rising 33-storeys, the tower is designed in the 1920s Palazzo style which has two recreational decks at the ninth and tenth levels an a viewing deck at the 31st floor. Amenities include: Swimming pool, Children’s pool, Jacuzzi, Paved sunbathing lounge, Pool deck with sitting area, Function Rooms, Gymnasium, Aerobics room, Massage room, Sauna, Changing and shower rooms with toilets and Viewing Deck.

Shanata (Quezon City) The tranquility of nature. The thrill of the city. The two sides of privileged living meet seamlessly at Shanata, in Novaliches, Quezon City. Designed to foster peace of mind and pleasure, it’s an address that offers residents the chance to start life anew by keeping their priorities in check. Amenities include: Lap Pool, Kiddie pool, Paved sunbathing/pool deck, Kid’s play area, Gazebo area, Clubhouse (Lounge area, Daycare, Convenience store, Admin office, Water station, Laundromat, Gym, Changing/shower rooms, M/F toilets, Function rooms) and Gate and Guardhouse.

Suntrust President Harrison Paltongan sits down with Modern Living TV host Bianca Gonzalez as he shares his vision for Suntrust Properties, Inc. in the years to come.

“When we took over the reigns, we made a conscious effort to reenergize and restart the company to further inspire our people while also restoring our credibility to our buyers and business partners.”

O

f the myriad of prominent Philippine developers redefining the country’s urban landscape, Suntrust Properties Inc. is among the few that uphold its promise to build affordable homes for Filipinos in master-planned and self-contained communities; even now as they usher in their 20th year in the industry. In the midst of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Suntrust which was formerly known as Empire East Properties Inc., was born from its parent company Megaworld Corporation to provide affordable living solutions to the low-cost real estate market. While Suntrust eventually developed a reputation for being the yardstick in affordable township development, Suntrust President Atty. Harrison Paltongan said they had to overcome numerous obstacles in their 20-year journey, particularly when they first started out. “[The financial crisis] proved to be challenging for the company but we persevered by streamlining our spending and proceeding with the sales of the properties on hand at the time,” recalled Atty. Paltongan, who has been onboard since

Suntrust’s inception. A decade later, Paltongan assumed his position as president in 2007 and he, along with several newly appointed leaders, deemed it the perfect opportunity to steer the company into a new direction with a brighter vision. “When we took over the reigns, we made a conscious effort to reenergize and restart the company to further inspire our people while also restoring our credibility to the buyers and our business partners,” Paltongan said. It was during this year that the company was renamed from Empire East Properties, Inc. to Suntrust Properties, Inc. Most of their products also underwent a change in design, size and building technology. The transformation truly sparked the momentum of Suntrust Properties, which has allowed it to flourish into the real estate success it is today. From just over 100 employees in 1997, it is now home to a strong and dynamic workforce of more than 300 organic members and almost a thousand Sales Suntrustees who continue to operate daily within the company. However, with multiple townships and

horizontal developments under its belt, it wasn’t until 2008 when Suntrust decided to really include condominium communities into its roster of project offerings. “While we initially started with affordable housing communities in Calabarzon, we naturally progressed towards developing condominiums due to the exceedingly high demand from clients based in Metro Manila,” said Paltongan. “As the demand grew, Suntrust responded with developments across the country from areas such as Baguio, Davao, Bacolod, Tagum and soon in Bicol. Among the company’s most iconic developments is Suntrust Ecotown Tanza, their first enterprise into an industrial community featuring an ecologically friendly industrial park which houses multiple international locators that provide job opportunities for the community. “Many developers claim the success of a (housing) project always lies within its location. The problem, however, is that most of the best locations have already been developed,” added Paltongan. “What we do is to nurture a location with potential and further develop it into a township and a self-sustaining community. Similar to parent company Megaworld Corporation, Suntrust also imbibes the LiveWork-Play-Learn lifestyle in several of their townships, where commercial, educational, recreational and industrial facilities are readily available, making the community self-sustaining

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“On our 20th anniversary we have what we call Benteng Hiling (20 Wishes) which focuses on our construction site workers. We try to grant their simple wishes like eyeglasses, shoes, groceries. And I’m proud to say that the funds are not coming from the company but from voluntary donations of officers, employees and sales personnel.” Atty Paltongan emphasized.

As Suntrust celebrates its twentieth, the company deems it necessary to give back to the community and to the people who make all their success possible. This pertains to employees, salesforce and the construction site workers who, even though are not organic to the company, are essential in delivering the products to the homebuyers. “On our 20th anniversary we have what we call the Bentengkyu series – it’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ and giving back to the community as well as our members. And there’s a portion there called Benteng Hiling (20 Wishes) which focuses on our construction site workers. We try to grant their simple wishes like eyeglasses, shoes, groceries. And I’m proud to say that the funds are not coming from the company but from voluntary donations of officers, employees and sales personnel.” Atty Paltongan emphasized. Now as a business preparing to enter its third decade, Atty. Paltongan foresees the company as continuing to provide sustainable affordable and attractive communities that are great in quality, whether subdivisions or condominiums. “An estimate of five million have housing needs from all over Philippines provinces and major cities and we want to start addressing that. Our market is primarily low- and middle-income Filipinos and we intend to not only provide homes but jobs as well. One industrial park can easily employ at least 80,000 people if there is enough demand to promote sustainability,” he said. With these words, Atty. Paltongan commits that Suntrust will indeed continue to change not only the city skyline, but the country’s landscape as well.

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As a way of giving back to the community, Suntrust Properties, Inc. also launched the Benteng Saya Caravan as part of its BenTENGKYU Campaign for its 20th anniversary.

88 Gibraltar (Baguio) This Mediterranean-inspired community is situated at the heart of the country’s Summer Capital along Gibraltar Road. Homeowners experience constant cool weather and crisp pine-scented air while still remaining accessible to Baguio City’s key destinations for business, education, recreation and leisure. Amenities include: Multi-purpose Hall, Lounge Area, Reception Lobby, Commercial Area, Children’s Playroom, Fitness Gym, Garden Deck, Landscaped Gardens, Picnic Area, and Children’s Playground.

Siena Hills (Batangas) Inspired by its namesake, the iconic Italian city of Siena, the Siena Hills community similarly emulates the same beauty and character of the medieval city, while infusing the modern conveniences of a self-sustaining township at the same time. Located in P. Torres, Lipa City, Batangas, Siena Hills remains very near to important business, education and leisure destinations while retaining a peaceful and rustic charm. Amenities include: Basketball Court, Swimming Pool, Clubhouse, Cabanas, Pavilion, Pocket Gardens, Jogging Trails, and Shower Room.

Cyberville (Cavite) This community showcases bungalow living at its best. The modern 10-hectare development also features selected Wi-Fi hot spots, and shares the high-technology amenities of its predecessor, Cybergreens. Cyberville features one-bedroom and two-bedroom duplex & singledetached bungalows, Aeon and Zoe. Another welcome addition is the Leia house model, a two-storey which is also ideal for starting and upwardly mobile families. The community also has easy access to public transport terminals traveling the Makati, Pasay, Alabang and Baclaran routes

Ecotown Tanza (Cavite) A Suntrust community in Tanza, Cavite envisioned to span 300 hectares anchored on a 111-hectare industrial park, Ecotown Tanza embraces the residential, commercial and institutional components to form a completely selfsustaining town. It will also have generous parks, planting strips for trees and various plants, water recycling, and a waste treatment system. Amenities: Chapel, Basketball and Badminton courts, Park and Jogging Path, Putting Greens, Driving Range, MiniGolf.

Gentri Heights (Cavite) Residents of Gentri Heights in Gen. Trias, Cavite, are spoiled with the beauty of nature right outside their doorsteps. Coined to be suburban living at its finest, the community flaunts homes that blend Eastern and Western comfort and architecture. With the best Cavite has to offer just a few minutes away from home, the Gentri Heights is primed to be in a truly progressive location. Amenities include: Children’s Playground, Mini-parks and Playground, Swimming Pool, Tennis and Basketball Courts, Jogging Path, Clubhouse, Picnic Area, Gazebo, and Wi-Fi enabled areas.

Governor’s Hills (Cavite) Each day is a delightful pleasure at any of the nine villages of Governor’s Hills at Gen. Trias, Cavite. Masterfullyplanned with Californian-Mediterranean-style homes, the township balances the benefits of delightful amenities and practical and modern conveniences while still being nearby academic institutions, commercial centers and top industrial zones. Amenities include: The development’s own Governor’s Hills Science School (GHSS), Village Clubhouse, Multi-purpose hall, Swimming pool (outdoor) with Pool Bar, Kiddie pool, Putting green, Landscaped Mini-Park with Gazebo, Basketball courts and wide open spaces.

Riva Bella (Cavite) A beautifully landscaped community strategically located within the Sherwood Hills golf estate in Trece Martirez. Apart from spacious, Italian-inspired homes, Riva Bella residents enjoy a vibrant community and resort-style amenities. Amenities include: Swimming Pool, Clubhouse, Function Rooms, Game Room, Mini-golf, Pocket parks and gardens, and Playground.

Sta. Rosa Heights (Laguna) Spacious living, first-class play amenitie and cool weather are just some of the few advantages living in Sta. Rosa Heights has to offer. Located along Silang-Sta. Rosa Road, homeowners enjoy quality leisure time without having to leave the comforts of home. Amenities include: Clubhouse, Swimming pool with Lagoon, Basketball court, Jogging Path, Children’s Playground, Landscaped Areas, Commericial Shops and a Viewing Deck.

The Mandara (Laguna) Comfortably located along Silang-Sta. Rosa Road, The Mandara is an Asian-inspired community that treats residents to cool weather all year long while bringing together modern comforts and play amenities for the whole family. Sta. Rosa, Laguna, the investment capital of South Luzon, is simply five minutes away and is home to top workplaces, parks, schools and shopping malls. Amenities include: Multi-purpose Hall, Infinity Pool, Water Feature, Picnic Area with benches

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“On our 20th anniversary we have what we call Benteng Hiling (20 Wishes) which focuses on our construction site workers. We try to grant their simple wishes like eyeglasses, shoes, groceries. And I’m proud to say that the funds are not coming from the company but from voluntary donations of officers, employees and sales personnel.” Atty Paltongan emphasized.

As Suntrust celebrates its twentieth, the company deems it necessary to give back to the community and to the people who make all their success possible. This pertains to employees, salesforce and the construction site workers who, even though are not organic to the company, are essential in delivering the products to the homebuyers. “On our 20th anniversary we have what we call the Bentengkyu series – it’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ and giving back to the community as well as our members. And there’s a portion there called Benteng Hiling (20 Wishes) which focuses on our construction site workers. We try to grant their simple wishes like eyeglasses, shoes, groceries. And I’m proud to say that the funds are not coming from the company but from voluntary donations of officers, employees and sales personnel.” Atty Paltongan emphasized. Now as a business preparing to enter its third decade, Atty. Paltongan foresees the company as continuing to provide sustainable affordable and attractive communities that are great in quality, whether subdivisions or condominiums. “An estimate of five million have housing needs from all over Philippines provinces and major cities and we want to start addressing that. Our market is primarily low- and middle-income Filipinos and we intend to not only provide homes but jobs as well. One industrial park can easily employ at least 80,000 people if there is enough demand to promote sustainability,” he said. With these words, Atty. Paltongan commits that Suntrust will indeed continue to change not only the city skyline, but the country’s landscape as well.

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As a way of giving back to the community, Suntrust Properties, Inc. also launched the Benteng Saya Caravan as part of its BenTENGKYU Campaign for its 20th anniversary.

88 Gibraltar (Baguio) This Mediterranean-inspired community is situated at the heart of the country’s Summer Capital along Gibraltar Road. Homeowners experience constant cool weather and crisp pine-scented air while still remaining accessible to Baguio City’s key destinations for business, education, recreation and leisure. Amenities include: Multi-purpose Hall, Lounge Area, Reception Lobby, Commercial Area, Children’s Playroom, Fitness Gym, Garden Deck, Landscaped Gardens, Picnic Area, and Children’s Playground.

Siena Hills (Batangas) Inspired by its namesake, the iconic Italian city of Siena, the Siena Hills community similarly emulates the same beauty and character of the medieval city, while infusing the modern conveniences of a self-sustaining township at the same time. Located in P. Torres, Lipa City, Batangas, Siena Hills remains very near to important business, education and leisure destinations while retaining a peaceful and rustic charm. Amenities include: Basketball Court, Swimming Pool, Clubhouse, Cabanas, Pavilion, Pocket Gardens, Jogging Trails, and Shower Room.

Cyberville (Cavite) This community showcases bungalow living at its best. The modern 10-hectare development also features selected Wi-Fi hot spots, and shares the high-technology amenities of its predecessor, Cybergreens. Cyberville features one-bedroom and two-bedroom duplex & singledetached bungalows, Aeon and Zoe. Another welcome addition is the Leia house model, a two-storey which is also ideal for starting and upwardly mobile families. The community also has easy access to public transport terminals traveling the Makati, Pasay, Alabang and Baclaran routes

Ecotown Tanza (Cavite) A Suntrust community in Tanza, Cavite envisioned to span 300 hectares anchored on a 111-hectare industrial park, Ecotown Tanza embraces the residential, commercial and institutional components to form a completely selfsustaining town. It will also have generous parks, planting strips for trees and various plants, water recycling, and a waste treatment system. Amenities: Chapel, Basketball and Badminton courts, Park and Jogging Path, Putting Greens, Driving Range, MiniGolf.

Gentri Heights (Cavite) Residents of Gentri Heights in Gen. Trias, Cavite, are spoiled with the beauty of nature right outside their doorsteps. Coined to be suburban living at its finest, the community flaunts homes that blend Eastern and Western comfort and architecture. With the best Cavite has to offer just a few minutes away from home, the Gentri Heights is primed to be in a truly progressive location. Amenities include: Children’s Playground, Mini-parks and Playground, Swimming Pool, Tennis and Basketball Courts, Jogging Path, Clubhouse, Picnic Area, Gazebo, and Wi-Fi enabled areas.

Governor’s Hills (Cavite) Each day is a delightful pleasure at any of the nine villages of Governor’s Hills at Gen. Trias, Cavite. Masterfullyplanned with Californian-Mediterranean-style homes, the township balances the benefits of delightful amenities and practical and modern conveniences while still being nearby academic institutions, commercial centers and top industrial zones. Amenities include: The development’s own Governor’s Hills Science School (GHSS), Village Clubhouse, Multi-purpose hall, Swimming pool (outdoor) with Pool Bar, Kiddie pool, Putting green, Landscaped Mini-Park with Gazebo, Basketball courts and wide open spaces.

Riva Bella (Cavite) A beautifully landscaped community strategically located within the Sherwood Hills golf estate in Trece Martirez. Apart from spacious, Italian-inspired homes, Riva Bella residents enjoy a vibrant community and resort-style amenities. Amenities include: Swimming Pool, Clubhouse, Function Rooms, Game Room, Mini-golf, Pocket parks and gardens, and Playground.

Sta. Rosa Heights (Laguna) Spacious living, first-class play amenitie and cool weather are just some of the few advantages living in Sta. Rosa Heights has to offer. Located along Silang-Sta. Rosa Road, homeowners enjoy quality leisure time without having to leave the comforts of home. Amenities include: Clubhouse, Swimming pool with Lagoon, Basketball court, Jogging Path, Children’s Playground, Landscaped Areas, Commericial Shops and a Viewing Deck.

The Mandara (Laguna) Comfortably located along Silang-Sta. Rosa Road, The Mandara is an Asian-inspired community that treats residents to cool weather all year long while bringing together modern comforts and play amenities for the whole family. Sta. Rosa, Laguna, the investment capital of South Luzon, is simply five minutes away and is home to top workplaces, parks, schools and shopping malls. Amenities include: Multi-purpose Hall, Infinity Pool, Water Feature, Picnic Area with benches

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eing active in Interior Design for decades, Dr. Adelaida Mayo has made and continues to make an influence in the industry in more ways than one. A practicing designer and a mentor as well, she has proven to have in her arsenal the experiences and wisdom to groom future designers. MLH sat down with ‘Tita Lady’ to discuss her colorful career and more. Why Interior Design? Have you always known that you wanted it as your career?   I started getting interested in Interior Design through my eldest sister who was in Fine Arts; when I was still in grade school, she was already grooming me to be an interior designer. At that time, Interior Design was very new. I was an exchange student in the US when my brother enrolled me here in UP, and he enrolled me in the wrong program! He thought Interior Design was in Fine Arts, so I spent one whole year in that course, but it turned out really well because my teachers then are now national artists! The dean then was Jose Joya, and Napoleon Abueva was also my teacher. I was so happy because I got exposed to art. After that, I enrolled in the right course—it was still called Bachelor of Interior Design then, and I graduated cum laude. I also pursued my masters and doctorate eventually. What sort of work did you delve into? How did you enter the academe?   I did freelancing design work, and in 1984, I was invited to teach but I was already offered a job as a manager of a merchandising department for housewares, furnishings, etc. I could not decide which offer to take so I sought the advice of my father and he told me to teach in UP. Since then, I’ve been teaching! I became the dean of the college

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in 2009 for a three-year term. As for the Council of Interior Design Educators (CIDE), I became president in 2004, and just recently got elected as the president again after Dr. Lilia De Jesus’ term.   To be honest, I did not know that I would love teaching but looking back, maybe the call has always been there. When I was in grade school, I would always get struck by how my teachers would open their record books and see how neat their writings were! My strategy for reviewing for exams then was to have my own record book with my classmates’ names, and play pretend that I was the teacher so I can memorize my notes! How do you balance your teaching career with your Interior Design profession?   During the first years of my teaching, I still accepted interior design projects, but I chose them quite carefully—they had to be accessible because I cannot have a project that would conflict with my classes. I had to apply for Practice of Limited Profession. I did projects that were near my house— houses of my relatives, offices of colleagues. When I got an administrative position like department chair, the projects became even more limited. Right now, I still do accept projects but they are very limited.   Last year, I took a sabbatical leave and it was very timely because I got commissioned to work with two other Interior Designers as consultants for the rehabilitation and conservation of the Metropolitan Theater. Can you tell me about your time with CIDE?   During the term of Dr. de Jesus, CIDE, for the very first time, embarked on an outreach project which the National Commission for Culture and the Arts OCT - DEC 2017 55

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invited CIDE. I was assigned as project director and it was a very fulfilling experience because we were able to help families in resettlement communities in the typhoon-stuck Cagayan de Oro and post-earthquake Bohol. We conducted workshops on how to apply upcycling for different materials, which they can generate income from. We surveyed what they had and taught them how to make multipurpose organizers and decorative items from old bottles of soft drinks and lambanog! They responded well to our training; one of them, right after the training, went to the market with his product and sold it immediately! Now, it’s our target to make this outreach program a regular activity for the organization.

Dr. Mayo’s design style is a mix of eclectic and contemporary with touches of Filipino design sensibilities.

designers, we always leave some sort of signature in our designs, whether it’s intentional or not, my number one objective is to showcase the client’s identity, their lifestyle and their concept of home. You must know every detail of their lifestyle because every bit of it should work together; there shouldn’t be an eyesore or anything out of place. I have this favorite project where we had to renovate a small house and accommodate all the needs of the client. It was really a challenge but I was able to make everything work. The client was so happy with the outcome that they still send me Christmas presents even up to now! What is your personal take on aesthetics?

As an Interior Designer, what would you consider your design philosophy?   My design philosophy will always be putting myself in the shoes of the user. Even though as

  I always love having something that is an heirloom piece, something vintage. I love Art Deco so much! I’m so glad my husband and I were able to get Art Deco pieces from our relatives. When I was

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COZY… COUNTRY… CLASSY…

Creating a soothing and relaxed ambiance amidst sophisticated trappings Words and Floral Styling MARICAR DELA RAMA Flowers From TECSON FLOWERS Photos GREG MAYO

In today’s fast paced life, entertaining has become a welcome distraction. This casual dining room is transformed into an elegant table by mixing patterns & textures. Glass and silver chargers paired with bold black & white floral patterned plates topped with a shiny textured silver leaf salad plate sets the elegant tone of the table and contrasts against the rustic charcoal gray wooden finish. Long slim lines of the flatware and stemware add a contemporary touch while establishing a distinctive formal ambiance. The bare wooden table and cotton napkins lend a casual feel to the table setting. The centerpiece of silver wire wreath candleholder interspersed with white flowers ties the whole set up together while silver branches with tea lights add a vertical element eliciting an overall classy and chic mood perfect for relaxed meals and stimulating conversations.

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